Friday, December 7, 2012

Sticker Contest!!!


Submit revolutionary (rev.)/radical images which will inspire action and a move toward social justice. The stickers will be printed by The Student Insurgent (see http://uoinsurgent.blogspot.com).

We want art which has a critical anti-oppressive analysis. Submit a short explanation of what this art is trying to convey and how it relates to the rev. Please include any personal narratives which add meaning to the imagery.

Stickers will be displayed with an author statement at the University of Oregon, then selected stickers will be mass printed.

Deadline for submissions:  JANUARY 15th!!!

Conditions:
-Original art  or with permissions.
-Full color preferred, may be B&W
-Roughly 4"x4", it can be slightly larger or smaller (but don't send us a full page image).
-Image may include words/text, but the image should be evocative on its own accord.
-The art must depict either an action or symbol.
-The art should come out of some struggle, resistance to oppression, or to further the rev.
-Don't center dominant cultures. EX: putting a white dude with a colonial flag, drinking alcohol, and eating meat in the middle.
-There is NO limit on the number of submissions per person.

Please submit materials to:

studentinsurgent@gmail.com

or hard copy--

The Student Insurgent (stickers)
EMU Suite#1
Eugene, OR, 97401

Prizes:
1st place: the best image submitted will have 1000 copies of that image printed for the winner.
2nd place: 600 copies for the winner.
3rd place: 200 copies for the winner.
Runners up may be part of a mass printing and receive a hard copy in the Survival center.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Decolonize!

Hey all,

We just sent our newest issue to the printer, so let's hope to get it back soon!

In the meantime, check it out online!  This is the "Decolonize" issue.  Learn more inside....

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Dear Campus and Community,
The next issue of the Insurgent, themed Direct Action and Anti-Racism, will be going to printers at the end of the month, look on news stands around campus for it.

We have been working hard on this one and the following issue will be an issue themed 'decolonize your mind.'
Yours Truly in struggle and solidarity,
-Student Insurgent!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

So what's the deal with GMOs?

 
GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and GMO foods have made quite a stir lately. California's Proposition 37, if passed next week, will require all vendors of food made with GMO ingredients to label them. Even though almost every developed nation requires labeling of GMO foods, it is not currently required in any state in the United States.
Genetically modified foods are meals or snacks made from organisms that have had their DNA spliced with the genetic code from another organism. They arrived on the scene in the US around 1996, and really took off swiftly. After fifteen years with no GMO labels on our foods, though, many environmental groups are advocating for all that to change. So why the big fuss now?


The fuss
GMO foods in the US are limited to a list of just a few species, but pervasive ones. According to the Institute for Responsible Technology, "Currently commercialized GM crops in the U.S. include soy (94%), cotton (90%), canola (90%), sugar beets (95%), corn (88%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (over 24,000 acres)."
 In the United States, corn, soybeans and canola are some of the major building blocks from which food scientists construct many processed foods. In fact, the Center for Food Safety says GMOs make up about 70% of processed foods sold in the US. It's sometimes hard to document exactly which ones they are, though, because they're not labeled. 
According to the Non-GMO Project, the current legal GMOs haven't been genetically modified to produce higher yields, better nutrition or even drought resistance."Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide."
The existence of herbicide-resistant crops means that farmers can spray weed killer directly on the food and still have a harvest to yield; and that's exactly what our friends at the Monsanto corporation have been doing for over a decade with "Round Up-Ready crops."



Rats !
Ingesting Round Up on a regular basis sounds to the untrained ear like a recipe for disaster, and there's some evidence that it is. Peer-reviewed animal studies have found that GMO foods caused problems in the liver, kidneys and blood, along with  the development of abnormal immune responses and reproductive abnormalities in the animals that ate them.
More importantly, a lifetime feeding study on rats released last month in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Toxicology suggested a new side effect of GMO foods - cancer. The rats that consumed GMO foods from the Monsanto corporation along with the herbicide normally sprayed on them (Round Up) developed large tumors in various places in their bodies.
GMO studies like the ones mentioned above are very controversial. The USDA considers a lengthening list of genetically modified foods to be safe for consumption. The companies that develop the crops consider them great for profit margins. More than that, there aren't any long-term studies that specifically focus on the physiological reaction of GMOs on human beings. Could 70% of our processed food really be cancer-causing without us knowing about it?

Guinea pigs
Rats develop must faster than humans, and GMOs have not been around long enough for us to see the lifetime effects on human beings... yet. True, as many scientists and chemical company representatives have pointed out, much of the most conclusive evidence linking GMOs to cancer comes from just one study. And yet, this one study is the only peer-reviewed study that has run long enough to test if GMOs and their complimentary herbicides (like Round-Up) cause cancer when ingested. Only time and many, many more studies will be able to tell if the results have will be duplicated.

For the moment, however, we are right in the middle of a lab experiment of our own. The American food system is so inundated with genetically modified foods that it has become taboo to label them. We, the uninformed consumers, are the test group; the control will be certain Western European countries that won't touch the stuff. And in fifty years...

More conclusive studies need to be done before we can say whether GMO foods are safe for human consumption. In the meantime, however, you may be interested in escaping the grand-scale experimentation at play, and there are several common-sense ways to diminish the genetically modified foods in your diet.

Here's what you can do
Want to avoid getting cancer from the food you eat? Though GMO foods are un-labeled in the store, you can get get a pretty good idea of what is and isn't GMO if you follow the following guidelines:
  • Go to the Farmers' Market or join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
    Here's a great chance to talk with the farmer who grew your food! Ask him or her how they feel about GMOs, and find out if they use GMO seed or animal feed. In Eugene, there's a Farmer's Market every Saturday in the park blocks downtown and every Thursday at 28th and Hilyard, next to the Amazon Community Center. For more local information, check Lane County Farmer's Market.
  • Do a little reading
    Many companies in need of a little marketing boost have voluntarily paid for a certification process to ensure their foods are GMO-free. The Non-GMO Project has a list of GMO-free products at nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/. You can also check out the Center for Food Safety's Non-GMO Shopper's Guide at http://truefoodnow.org/shoppers-guide/.

  • Buy organic at the supermarket.
    If the food you're buying has a USDA organic label, it is legally required to have 95% organic ingredients. You can find more info on the National Organic Program website (ams.usda.gov/nop). Be careful though: while GMOs officially cannot be marketed as USDA organic, there is no system in place to test for GMO contamination in already certified foods.

  • Check the UPC stickers on produce
    While processed and packaged food products which may contain GMOs are not labeled, plain old produce is. Every veggie or piece of fruit you pick up at the store has a UPC or PLN sticker directly on it, or on the price display. This numbering system is put in place for suppliers and grocers, not consumers. So keep in mind that this is merely a guideline until full-fledged GMO-labeling becomes standard. Conventionally-grown produce contains a 4-digit code, such as '4011' for bananas. This means that they were (probably) not genetically engineered, but they have been grown with pesticides, herbicides, and perhaps treated with radiation in order to maintain freshness. The code for GMO produce is a 5-digit code beginning with the number '8', so for instance, '84011' would represent the code for a GMO banana. Organic produce, which is free of pesticides/herbicides, irradiation, and GMOs is a 5-digit code beginning with the number '9'. So the code '94011' would be used for an organic banana. So always remember to look for the number '9' when shopping for produce at the store, because this shit is bananas!





Diversity Discussion Circle

Just letting anyone at the University of Oregon know:

Diversity Discussion Circle

The Diversity Discussion Circle is a discussion group centered on education and awareness of racial, ethnic, and cultural incompetencies and social injustices that we see on campus. The first meeting will be held on Monday, November 5th from 3:00pm - 4:00pm in the Women's Center Lounge. 

The first meeting will be very informational, and an opportunity to reconnect with each other and discuss our goals for the discussion circle this year. If you want to join the group or have any questions, contact Cesilia the Nontraditional Student Advocate at nontradwc@gmail.com.



The Insurgent stands in solidarity with efforts to combat all forms of racism and oppression. Thanks to the Women's Center and the Nontraditional Student Advocate.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Eugene Anti-Fascists resist David Irving’s event.






On Friday, November 2nd, Eugene anti-fascists made their presence known in response to David Irving’s event “Hitler and I”, hosted by local fascist organizer Jimmy Marr. David Irving is recognized worldwide as a holocaust denier and fascist sympathizer, whose events are frequently held in private with strictly screened attendees. Despite our repeated attempts, we were unable to find their location. There is an equal possibility that Irving cancelled the meeting, as he is known to do when resistance is expected.

Events like this recruit people to white supremacist ideology and hate groups, and often lead to an upswing in violence against people of color, LGBTQ people, Jewish people, women, people with disabilities, the homeless, etc. Events like this also make local hate groups feel energized and empowered. It is important to confront these events to make a statement that we don't want this in Eugene.

Eugene has continually grappled with it’s own racially motivated conflicts. In light of this, we believe that communities should unite in opposition when fascist organizers attempt to target sections of the population with violence and hate speech. Some critics of anti-fascists defend fascist organizing as a free speech issue. The First Amendment and related free speech laws protect citizens from state intervention, not from criticism by the public.

In response to this threat, Eugene anti-fascists held a public rally and dropped several banners to inform the public. We extend our solidarity to Portland anti-fascists and others who have opposed David Irving in their cities.   

 Antifascista siempre.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Will Potter and Jake Conroy speak at the University of Oregon

On October 17th, 2012, investigative journalist Will Potter and animal rights activist Jake Conroy delivered a presentation on the alarming condition of state repression against non-violent activists. If you weren't able to make it out to this fascinating presentation, no worries — we filmed it! Check it out.
Thanks to The Survival Center for organizing this event.



From Activist to "Terrorist" — Will Potter and Jake Conroy



The FBI labels animal rights and environmental activists the "number one domestic terrorism threat," and new laws turn activism into "terrorism" if it hurts corporate profits. Unlike anti-abortion extremists and hate groups, though, these protesters have never harmed a human being.

How did this happen? Why are undercover investigators and those who use non-violent civil disobedience being treated so disproportionately? And what are the real life consequences for the activists who are investigated, and even sent to prison, as domestic terrorists?

In this presentation you'll hear from:

Will Potter, an award-winning journalist who, after being told by the FBI that he was on a domestic terrorist watch list, went on to investigate and expose these efforts in his book, "Green Is the New Red." He will discuss how corporations manufactured the idea of "eco-terrorism," and why all social justice activists are at risk. His reporting and commentary have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, and the Vermont Law Review, and he has testified before Congress. "Green Is The New Red" was awarded a Kirkus Star for "remarkable merit" and named one of the best books of 2011.
He blogs at http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/

Jake Conroy, a long-time animal rights activist who was sentenced to 4 years in prison for his involvement in one of the most successful animal rights campaigns in history — Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. He will discuss being the target of a multi-agency terrorism investigation, learning he was on a high-profile prisoners list, and navigating living a life branded as a "terrorist" in post-9/11 society.
A video about Jake's case: http://youtu.be/YQW1rYLmKKU

This presentation was delivered at the University of Oregon on October 17th, 2012. It was organized by The Survival Center.
http://gladstone.uoregon.edu/~survival/

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Home Occupation in Portland by the Portland Liberatory Organizing Council (PLOC)

Portland, OR -- On Sunday, August 5th, residents of NE Portland held a block party in the historically black Woodlawn neighborhood, to celebrate the ongoing defense of Alicia Jackson's home from foreclosure, and to publicly reclaim the new duplex built on her land. This property is also on Ms. Jackson's land and was taken during the foreclosure process. Community members plan to use the reclaimed duplex, which is currently the subject of a legal dispute, as a base of organizing against gentrification and police violence in the neighborhood.

"This property was illegally taken from me by the banks. This community is strong. We will not sit by and watch developers destroy our neighborhood, while the police harass our youth and drive families from this community," said Alicia Jackson, member of the Black Working Group and subject of much attention when her home was liberated by 500 people on May 1 of this year.

Northeast is often called “the soul of Portland” because of its historically black neighborhoods, but gentrification, the replacement of locals by wealthier residents through bank investment and uncontrolled development, has changed that. In response, a growing number of people in NE are waging a public fight to keep their homes, rather than be relocated by the banks. The action at Ms. Jackson's home on May Day was the first of several community supported home defenses in the city this year. On Friday, July 27th, 79 year old Annette Steele declared that she would resist eviction, saying “This is my home. They can’t take it away from me. My neighbors support me and if the sheriff comes, I’m ready… I don’t have a gun anymore, but I keep hot water on the stove.”

“Housing must be defended to end violence in working-class communities. Stable housing creates an environment for community self-reliance and healthy relationships. Without secure housing, families are displaced and communities are fragmented,” said Lobo, co-founder of the Blazing Arrow Organization, a group that formed to fight gentrification and police violence in North and Northeast Portland. “Gentrification breaks the tie between generations, and forces communities to depend more heavily on outsiders such as the police to solve conflicts. Defending homes and stopping eviction protects the community’s safety.”

Continued exploitative development of NE Portland is tied directly to the PPB's Gang Enforcement program. Since the program began, over 200 people, mostly black youth, have been arrested each month along Killingsworth between N Interstate Ave. and MLK Blvd. In addition to land and building reclamation, Blazing Arrow Organization is beginning community patrols to monitor arrests and support people as police conflicts arise. The community patrols will be based out of the newly liberated center.

“Working people deserve to live without the fear of losing their home or being brutalized by the police. The BAO will use this new organizing center to stop gentrification and respond to police violence. It will be open to anyone fighting for freedom from white supremacy and oppression. We are working class, queer, and people of color, committed to creating a society that both meets our basic needs and respects our human dignity. We are prepared to defend ourselves and the work we are doing, and invite others to work alongside us."

The Blazing Arrow Organization was formed by a group of community members to address gentrification by way of housing defense. To find out more and get involved, contact Lobo at (925) 609-4815. To become part of the rapid response network and defend homes, text @ploc-openrrn to 23559.